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USF tallies 3-1 win to avenge earlier loss to HU

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - A trip to Saint Francis on Wednesday evening marked the start of the second go around in the Crossroads League but it was a much different outcome than the Forester volleyball team was hoping for. Back on September 8, HU enjoyed a 3-1 win over USF but this time the Cougars got the best of their visitors 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18) at Hutzell Athletic Center.

“Tonight Saint Francis just played better than us,” noted Coach Shondell.

It didn’t start out that way, however, for the Foresters as they picked up the win in set one. Unfortunately, not much went right for them after that and nowhere was that more evident than in the offensive bottom line. After posting 15 kills in the opening set, HU managed just single-digit kills in each of the next three sets.   

In addition to HU’s offensive struggles, Saint Francis (6-13, 5-4) is playing some of its best volleyball as of late. Last time their loss to HU was their fourth straight while tonight was their third-straight win. Huntington (9-11, 4-6), on the other hand, has lost its last three.

Behind 16 kills from Cassidy Rammel, offense came easy for the Cougars as they registered 20 more kills than HU and posted a season-best .254 hitting percentage to Huntington’s .088. USF was also at their best defensively - tallying a season-high 12.5 blocks as a team.

For Huntington, Danielle Gurwell, Brandy Michie and Lauren Cresse each finished with seven kills while Josie Beaver and Haley Longley added six apiece. Emily Hubby handed out 19 assists.

Gurwell also paced her team defensively with 3.5 of her team’s nine blocks. Kate Cobb collected a game-best 28 digs. Elaine Bredensteiner tied a career-best with four service aces.  

The Foresters take a break from conference play with a home match with Lourdes on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 274 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.